The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) on Sunday (Dec 22) expressed concerns on the India’s controversial anti-Muslims, Citizenship Amendment Bill, which granted the Indian nationality to minorities excluding Muslims as well as Babri Masjid verdict.
“It expresses its concern over the recent developments pertaining to both the issue of citizenship rights and the Babri Masjid [Mosque] case. It reiterates its call to ensure the safety of the Muslim minority and the protection of Islamic holy places in India,” the OIC said in a written statement.
India’s Supreme Court in November handed over the site of the 16th century Babri Mosque to Hindus for the construction of a temple.
Noting that it is closely following recent developments, the General Secretariat of OIC said in a statement that it “reaffirms the crucial importance of upholding the principles and obligations enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations and relevant international covenants that guarantee the rights of minorities without any discrimination”.
Earlier, on Wednesday (Dec 11) India’s parliament passed a contentious citizenship bill which granted citizenship to illegal immigrants who entered India from three neighboring countries before 2015, excluding Muslims. This bill is considered as the part of the RSS ideology which is filled with hate for Muslims.
According to the bill Now, there will be an exception for members of six religious minority communities – Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, Jain, Parsi and Christian – if they can prove that they are from Pakistan, Afghanistan or Bangladesh. They will only have to live or work in India for six years to be eligible for citizenship by naturalisation, the process by which a non-citizen acquires the citizenship or nationality of that country.
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